USA / JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
Depart on your international South African Airways flight to Cape Town, via Johannesburg. From the moment you board your South African Airways flight you feel the warm and welcoming African hospitality in every detail of the world class service you are about to experience.
ARRIVE JOHANNESBURG /CAPE TOWN
On arrival at Johannesburg’s International Airport’s Central Terminal Building, collect your luggage and clear customs and immigration. Re-check your bags for your onward flight to Cape Town.
Arrive in the bustling and vibrant city of Cape Town to enjoy all the best that South Africa has to offer. You will be met by an African Travel Inc. representative at Cape Town Airport and transferred to the luxurious 5-star Table Bay Hotel.
With its majestic Table Mountain backdrop, Cape Town is one of the most vibrant and beautiful cities in the world. The city is an eclectic mix of architectural styles, reflecting both the tastes of the past and more modern designs. Edwardian and Victorian buildings have been meticulously preserved, and many outstanding examples of Cape Dutch architecture are found in the city and its environs. Cobblestone streets, mosques and the flat-roofed pastel homes of the Malay Quarter enhance the cosmopolitan ambience, while the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront evokes images of the seafaring activities of the 19th century.
ACCOMMODATIONS: THE TABLE BAY HOTEL
The Table Bay Hotel is set on the historic Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, against the stunning backdrop of the working harbor, Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean. The air conditioned rooms feature en-suite bathrooms with separate shower and bath. Amenities include walk in closets, hairdryers, 24-hour in room dining, mini-bar, tea & coffee making facilities, safe, satellite TV, telephone, Wi-Fi, and universal adaptor sockets. The hotel features a selection of dining options with three restaurants and two bars. The Camissa Brasserie restaurant, named after the Khoisan word for Cape Town, offers diners a sensory experience while overlooking the harbor. The Lounge offers a relaxed setting where you can enjoy breakfast, light meals and the Table Bay High Tea seven days a week. The Atlantic serves a breakfast buffet daily, while the Union Bar is the perfect spot to unwind and savor creative cocktails. During your stay, start your morning with a good work out at the gym, lounge around the heated outdoor swimming pool or, pamper yourself at the spa.
The day is yours to fill with fun adventures and sights. Few cities in the world offer as many potential activities as Cape Town. Perhaps go on a guided city tour (additional cost). Take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain, marvel at the colorful Malay Quarter, stroll through the Company Gardens, past the Houses of Parliament, and then test your bargaining skills at the bustling Greenmarket Square.
Enjoy dinner at the Camissa Brassiere, named after the ancient Khoi name for Cape Town. Camissa links the city's past and its cultural heritage in a feast of flavors.
ACCOMMODATIONS: THE TABLE BAY HOTEL (B,D)
Today is a day of leisure. We suggest a Cape Peninsula Tour (additional cost). On this tour you will see why the area earned the name of The Fairest Cape.
Hug the cliffs as you snake along legendary Chapman’s Peak Drive to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. You will have the opportunity to ride the Flying Dutchman funicular (optional and own account) to the old lighthouse for awe-inspiring views! After lunch (on own account), continue along the coast to the lively penguin colony at Boulders Beach. Then head back to the city via the naval village of Simon’s Town.
ACCOMMODATIONS: THE TABLE BAY HOTEL (B)
Spend your last day in Cape Town with some last minute shopping or visit one of the many places of interest. Take a walk down Kloof and Long streets and explore the buzzing bistros, boutiques, cafes and restaurants in the area. For wine connoisseurs, an excursion into the nearby wine country is a "must do". Stroll through the oak lined streets of Stellenbosch or the quaint village of Franschhoek, sample wines with chocolates, olives and cheeses or indulge in one of the many award winning gourmet restaurants.
ACCOMMODATIONS: THE TABLE BAY HOTEL (B)
CAPE TOWN / PORT ELIZABETH / SHAMWARI GAME RESERVE
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to Port Elizabeth. Upon arrival, you will be transferred by road to your reserved lodge in the Shamwari Game Reserve for a three night safari.
Shamwari Game Reserve is one of the largest private conservation initiatives in Southern Africa. Stretching thousands of acres over a malaria free landscape, it offers an award-winning wildlife experience. Meaning “my friend” in Shona, the reserve is about conserving a vanishing way of life. It is a place where guests can exist in harmony with nature.
Relax at the lodge until time for your first afternoon game drive with fellow lodge guests. Return to the lodge for dinner and a relaxing evening sharing your days experience with the other guests.
ACCOMMODATIONS: VILLA LOBENGULA
Villa Lobengula is a beautiful and tranquil space tucked away in the depths of the valley bushveld. It is a place where your soul can rejuvenate and rest in supreme peace and comfort whilst the vibration of authentic Africa dances through your being. The Villa comprises 6 suites and mirrors a traditional African “kraal” enclosed by breath-taking views. Each air conditioned suite has an ensuite bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers, private patio, hairdryer, electronic safe, international adaptors, international dial telephone, minibar and tea and coffee making facilities. The main lodge facilities include a swimming pool, relaxation retreat with treatment room and sauna, fitness room, library, wine cellar, gift boutique and Wi-Fi.
All meals, twice daily shared game drives, tea, coffee, water and game drive beverages are complimentary. Alcoholic, non-alcoholic beverages and cellar wines with meals and while at the lodge are at an additional cost. (BLD)
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SHAMWARI GAME RESERVE
Here the graceful leopard, the powerful rhino, elephant and hippo share the domain with kudu, gemsbok, wildebeest, and zebra, as well as a paradise of bird, reptile and plant life. Shamwari strives to educate and promote conservation awareness and your ranger will ensure that your experience is both rewarding and informative.
Fill your time between game drives with visits to one of the awareness centers. The Born Free Big Cat Sanctuary highlights the circumstances of wild cats confined in impoverished, captive environments. The Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre provides a first-hand encounter with Shamwari’s passionate on-site vets, who care for young, injured and abandoned animals, which are later released back into the wild. The Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre is an educational awakening about the plight of this rapidly depleting species.
Your visit to Shamwari will directly help rhino conservation. At African Travel, Inc., http://africantravelinc.com/about/african-travel-cares, we are passionate about protecting and conserving vanishing wildlife and we will be donating $50 per couple towards the building of a rhino boma at Shamwari Game Reserve. The rhino boma will be a safe haven to rehabilitate injured or orphaned rhino, until they are strong enough to be released back into the wild.
ACCOMMODATIONS: VILLA LOBENGULA
SHAMWARI GAME RESERVE / JOHANNESBURG / USA
After a morning game drive and breakfast, you are transferred by road to Port Elizabeth where you will board your flight to Johannesburg. On arrival at Johannesburg International Airport, connect with your scheduled international South African Airways flight back to the USA.
Or, you may wish to add to your adventure an optional excursion to Victoria Falls, the world’s largest curtain of falling water. (B)
Arrive home today with memories to last a lifetime.
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